Definition and Meanings for pay

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Part of Speech of pay

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of pay

of. peier, fr. l. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. of. peiz pitch, f. poix. see pitch a black substance oe. paien, f. payer, fr. l. pacare to pacify, appease, fr. pax, pacis, peace. see peace etymol. uncertain ; etymol. uncertain ; etymol. uncertain

Meaning of pay


as transitive verb

  • to cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy (another person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as, to pay workmen or servants.
  • hence, figuratively: to compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
  • to discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a debt by delivering (money owed).
  • to discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
  • to give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.

as intransitive verb

  • to give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
  • hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays.

as noun

  • satisfaction; content.
  • an equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier.
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